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February 28 – March 17

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About the Playwright and Director

Matthew MacKenzie

Matthew Mackenzie is a multi-award winning and Sterling nominated playwright.  Among his awards and recognition are the National Theatre School's Lieutenant Governor’s award for excellence and community involvement, Tarragon Theatre's Top Emerging Playwright Award (2012), and he was the 2010 Grand Prize recipient of the 44th Alberta Playwriting Competition. Matthew has had nearly a dozen of his works produced in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, and New York. Since the 2014 theatre season, Matthew has had 8 professional premieres of his work across Canada.


In 1841, MacKenzie's great, great, great kokom Kisiskaciwan passed through Alberta. For three days, as her party stocked up on supplies, she sat by the North Saskatchewan River—her namesake, and cried. An Englishman recorded in his account of the journey that Kisiskaciwan had the same veneration for the North Saskatchewan as those of the Hindu faith do for the Ganges. This historical account led MacKenzie to write Bears.

The Cast

Shammy Belmore


Zoë Glassman


Sheldon Elter


Karina Cox


Rebecca Sadowski


Tracey Nepinak


Skye Demas


Kendra Shorter


Lara Ebata


Gianna Vacirca

Chorus/She Grizzly

Creative Team

T. Erin Gruber

Environmental Designer

Kate Sandeson

Stage Manager

Christine Sokaymoh Frederick

Artistic Producer

Monica Dottor

Choreographer/Costume Designer

Madi Blondal

Assistant Environmental Designer

Doreen L. Cardinal

Indigenous Liaison

Brianna Kolybaba

Costume Designer

Patrick Lundeen

Associate Director

Sheiny Satanove


Noor Dean Musani

Composer/Sound Designer

Trent Crosby

Production Manager/Technical Director

Krista Lin

Tour Manager

CrossCurrents Canada Supporter


CrossCurrents Canada Partner: Bears



Explore the rest of the 2018/19 Season!

The Men in White by Anosh Irani
We Keep Coming Back by Michael Rubenfeld & Sarah Garton Stanley with Mary Berchard and Katka Reszke
The Tashme Project: The Living Archives by Julie Tamiko Manning & Matt Miwa
Angélique by Lorena Gale
Beautiful Man by Erin Shields
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